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Allie, the Christmas spider
Menendez, Shirley, 1937-
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Dutton Children's Books, [2002]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
A family's sparce Christmas is brightened thanks to the efforts of a special spider.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.8 0.5 63609.
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PIC.BK. Juvenile Current Holiday Item Holiday

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This Christmas, Beth knows there won't be many presents under the tree. Mama and Papa can't afford to buy new toys, and the Christmas tree looks bare. Allie the spider, who lives in a window corner in their house, wishes there was something she could do to make Beth's holiday a little brighter. Late on Christmas Eve, after the family has gone to bed, popcorn strings encircling the tree inspire Allie to do just the right thing to bring sparkle and magic to their Christmas morning. This sweet holiday story shows, with tender and festive illustrations, that family, friends, and kindness are the best gifts of all.

Author Notes

This is Shirley Menendez's first book.

Maggie Kneen is the illustrator of The Snow Bear , by Miriam Moss, among many other books.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

PreS^-Gr. 2. The art is unashamedly greeting card in style with fuzzy rabbit characters and Christmas reds and greens, but it turns out the glitter on the book cover is more than decoration--it is the whole point of the story. Beth the bunny looks longingly at the toy store windows on Christmas Eve, but her loving family is too poor to buy presents or ornaments. Allie the spider lives in Beth's house, and when Beth is cleaning up, she stops herself just in time from sweeping up the spider and destroying its web. In gratitude, Allie makes the family a Christmas gift: all through the night, she weaves a beautiful web from branch to branch of their simple pine tree in the living room, and on Christmas morning it glitters in the sunlight. The gentle story is true to the holiday spirit, and many children will recognize Beth's sense of wonder in saving a fragile creature and looking closely at the miracle of its strength. --Hazel Rochman

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Money is tight, so there won't be many presents for Beth this year, but when the little rabbit spares the life of a house spider on Christmas Eve, Allie thanks her by decorating the tree with beautiful webs. That's the entire plot of this pleasant but ultimately boring story. The detailed, textured illustrations depicting the rabbit family's snug home are warm and cozy, but they don't save this uninspired effort.-E. M. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.